James and the Giant Peach

Movie review by Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Fabulous adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book.

PG 1996 79 minutes

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age 7+

Based on 28 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 42 reviews

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age 8+

This movie is just creepy...

I have seen this abomination of a stop motion flick several times throughout my life and even as an adult I get weird dreams for days after seeing just a minutes of it. The movie is just weird and creepy and I still have no idea what the plot is supposed to be because I get so distracted by the weirdness and ugliness of the movie. I wouldn't say that I have nightmares but it does give me dreams that are weird and the bugs that are in the peach with James look so ugly that it's scary. I know that stop motion isn't known for cutesy characters and that even those old Christmas shows like Rudolph are weird. But this is in a whole different class of weirdness. It's ugly and that ugliness is distracting as well as leaving a lasting unsettling feeling in it's wake. Please don't show this to your kids. If they aren't scared they will still be wondering what the point of the movie was supposed to be.

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age 10+


I am 28 years old, and now a huge horror movie fan (the more disturbing, the more into it I am). To this day, James and the Giant Peach is the scariest movie I have ever seen--mostly because of the age at which I watched it. It made a lasting impression (maybe sent me down the horror movie road once I was better able to process such themes), and I still solidly despise stop-motion/claymation animation. The artistic style, themes of child abuse, and characters terrified me. Though I no longer really remember the movie, I remember my fear watching it. Granted, I was a sensitive child, but have long since burned that out of myself, though the memory persists.

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